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Encoding Ogg, Theora, and WebM with Firefogg

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To encode our OGG and WebM formats, we're going to use Firefogg. Firefogg is a free plug-in for the Firefox browser you can find at firefogg.org. When you first come to the Firefogg page you'll have the option of downloading and installing the plug-in. Once you've done that, you should see this green box that says Firefogg installed. From there click on the Make web video link and then Select file. We are going to use the same source file that we used for. It's in our _video folder, podcast.mov. And then we were presented with a list of settings.

Encoding Ogg, Theora, and WebM with Firefogg

To encode our OGG and WebM formats, we're going to use Firefogg. Firefogg is a free plug-in for the Firefox browser you can find at firefogg.org. When you first come to the Firefogg page you'll have the option of downloading and installing the plug-in. Once you've done that, you should see this green box that says Firefogg installed. From there click on the Make web video link and then Select file. We are going to use the same source file that we used for. It's in our _video folder, podcast.mov. And then we were presented with a list of settings.

First thing I am going to do is click the Preset list and under the Settings drop-down we're going to select the Ogg high quality Theora format, because it has a maximum width of 1080 pixels. You can see the other ones have maximum width of 200 and 400, which is smaller than the video size that we're using. And so this isn't going to set the video size to 1080. It's just going to make sure it fits within there and since ours is 480 pixels wide, this is the one that we want to use. Now you can dig through the additional menus and try different settings if you have additional needs for the video, but otherwise this will create a usable video for us.

So we can go ahead and click Encode to File and we'll save this in our encoded folder as podcast.ogv. Now that that's done, we can even watch it in the browser. (Music playing) That's looking good. So let's go ahead and click OK and we can go right into making our WebM version. We can use the same source file and under the Settings menu we can select the WebM options, and for this one we can actually select the lower version because it has a max width of 480 pixels, which is the exact size that we want our video to be.

So we're going to go ahead and select that one and again we can play around with the other settings but this should give us a file that will play on the web. So we'll click Encode to File and name it podcast.webm. Okay, great! Now that's done and we can test it in our browser. (Music playing) And that's working. Okay, so now we have both our Ogg and WebM files and let's go and plug those into our code. All right, just like we did with the MP4, I'm just going to add the encoded directory to our source files, both the WebM and the Ogg file.

I am going to save that and to preview those we're going to open it up in Firefox and reload the page. (Music playing) And it's working, and this will be playing the WebM version since that's the first one in the source list that Firefox can support. So I am just going to go ahead and actually just comment out the WebM version just really quick to test the Ogg version. All right, so that's commented out and if we go back to Firefox and reload. (Music playing) Now it's playing the Ogg version and that's working as well.

And again, you can tell it's not the versions we were using before because those had a watermark burn in the corner that would tell us the type of format it was. All right, so now you know how to encode all the HTML5 video formats, and for free at that. Let's move on to encoding audio formats.

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HTML5: Video and Audio in Depth

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      42s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  2. 15m 18s
    1. Understanding HTML5 video and audio
      4m 46s
    2. The state of HTML5 video and audio
      4m 29s
    3. Understanding the format war
      3m 53s
    4. Configuring your server to deliver HTML5 media formats
      2m 10s
  3. 32m 36s
    1. Using the video and audio tags
      5m 34s
    2. Using multiple sources for browser compatibility
      5m 53s
    3. Preloading
      4m 16s
    4. Autoplaying
      2m 2s
    5. Looping
      5m 11s
    6. Setting a poster frame
      3m 43s
    7. Setting the video width and height
      3m 40s
    8. Displaying subtitles and captions
      2m 17s
  4. 12m 40s
    1. Falling back to Flash
      4m 4s
    2. Falling back to download links
      6m 21s
    3. Using an embed code builder
      2m 15s
  5. 22m 17s
    1. Understanding HTML5 video formats
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding HTML5 audio formats
      2m 57s
    3. Encoding MP4/H.264 video with HandBrake
      3m 13s
    4. Encoding Ogg, Theora, and WebM with Firefogg
      3m 18s
    5. Encoding audio formats with VLC
      5m 54s
    6. Automating video and audio encoding
      1m 45s
  6. 34m 59s
    1. Setting up the JavaScript
      4m 39s
    2. Creating Play and Pause buttons
      7m 52s
    3. Creating a Play Progress bar
      5m 49s
    4. Creating a Load Progress bar
      9m 29s
    5. Creating a Current Time and Duration display
      7m 10s
  7. 4m 37s
    1. Overview of known issues
      35s
    2. Autobuffer or preload?
      56s
    3. Load progress in Firefox 3.6
      41s
    4. Android 2.0 issues
      1m 5s
    5. iOS 3 issues
      1m 20s
  8. 2m 8s
    1. Flight of the Navigator
      50s
    2. ZEN Audio Player by simurai
      34s
    3. The Wilderness Downtown by Google and Arcade Fire
      44s
  9. 1m 40s
    1. Further exploration
      1m 40s

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